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Trouble ahead for business owners: Navigating financial challenges

John Bell, director and founder of Clarke Bell, reflects on the impact that reduced government support will have on struggling businesses over the months ahead and shares some advice on how companies can best navigate a difficult financial course.
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Only 58% of people 18-25 have first dose of COVID vaccine

In the UK, only 58% of people aged 18-25 have their first dose of COVID vaccine - despite widespread availability of appointments.
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NHS heroes to receive a pay increase of just 3%

The UK government has accepted the recommendations to offer NHS staff a pay increase of just 3% and junior doctors will miss out completely .
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Food sector added to COVID isolation exemption list

Today (23 July), the UK announced that staff involved in securing food supply will now be added to the COVID isolation exemption list - with the exception of supermarket workers.
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UK Government delays national disability strategy again

The national disability strategy is facing further delays - originally, it was to be published for Spring, 2021.
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Unhealthy food promotion will be restricted in retailers from October 2022

Promotions on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in retailers will be restricted from October 2022, UK government announces.
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Local gov talk about the changes that will stay as a result of COVID

Rob Arkell, Growth Director at Domain7, ponders the conversations held by local government leaders discussing the business and technology changes that will stay as a result of COVID.
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Furlough fraud: Can IT modernisation help find HMRC’s lost £27 billion?

Mike Kiersey, Principal Technologist, Boomi, details how HMRC can modernise their IT systems to help recoup the billions lost in furlough fraud.
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Government publishes new strategy to tackle violence against women and girls

Home Secretary Priti Patel has published the government’s new strategy to tackle violence against women and girls to ensure they are safe at home, online and on the streets.
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UK Government to only vaccinate vulnerable children

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that children who were vulnerable, living with clinically vulnerable family or almost 18 would be given the COVID vaccine.
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Flu jab will be freely available to more than 35 million people this winter

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that over 35 million people will have access to a free flu vaccine this winter.
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A job rotation scheme could be our key to a successful economic recovery 

Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University, explains why a job rotation scheme could be the next step in 'levelling-up' the economy.
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UK says COVID vaccine mandatory for care home workers

The UK House of Commons voted to make COVID vaccination mandatory for care home workers, who will need two doses to continue working from October.
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UK Government fails to tackle online racial abuse of athletes

On Monday (12 July) there was a stark increase in online racial abuse against Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho - with the infamously late Online Safety Bill far from becoming law, how are the Government tackling this?
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SAGE data reveals 115,800 more COVID deaths possible by 2022

SAGE reveal that in the most pessimistic scenario, a further 115,800 COVID deaths would happen by June, 2022 - but in the most optimistic 'unlockdown' output, the figure is 9,400 deaths.
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Freedom Day could put us in another lockdown, says London Medical Laboratory

The London Medical Laboratory has voiced its concerns about Freedom Day as the Government's decision to end restrictions is based on the wrong data and could land us in another lockdown.
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Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine from July 19

Fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine from July 19th.
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9 in 10 adults have COVID-19 antibodies, according to new survey

A new Government survey has found that 9 in 10 adults have COVID-19 antibodies, but experts say more data is needed before 'Freedom Day'.
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British Medical Association say NHS “already under immense pressure”

The British Medical Association (BMA) today (7 July) responded to UK 'unlockdown' plans - labelling the suspension of all protective measures as "incoherent", with the NHS under "immense pressure".
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UK Government predicts 100,000 COVID infections daily

According to Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the UK can expect to see 100,000 COVID infections daily - doubling his earlier statement that the population could expect atleast 50,000 a day.

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